Seth Rogen has had his fingerprints all over comedy ever since emerging on the scene as a teenager.
Taken under Judd Apatow's wing early in his career following "Freaks and Geeks," Rogen has had memorable supporting turns in "Undeclared" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" -- in addition to success as a writer -- before breaking out in 2007's smash hit "Knocked Up." Since then, the only way you could've missed him is if you've been living under a rock.
From his early collaborations with Sacha Baron Cohen to his surprising connection to "The Simpsons," here are 23 things you probably don't know about Seth Rogen.
1. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1982 to Sandy Belogus, a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who works for non-profit organizations.
2. His parents met in Israel, and he has described them as "radical Jewish socialists" at least "in American terms."
3. It's not surprising, then, that Rogen attended a Jewish elementary school and a Jewish summer camp, Camp Miriam, where he was known for his stand-up comedy.
4. When discussing his career, Rogen said, "As soon as I realized you could be funny as a job, that was the job I wanted."
5. With that, the comedian started taking a comedy workshop when he was 12 years old and he hasn't looked back.
6. He began doing stand-up shortly after the workshops, however, his bulky frame and deep voice made people believe the teenager was actually in his 20s!
7. At age 13, Rogen and his childhood friend, Evan Goldberg, began writing the script for the high school classic "Superbad" (2007) and polished the script through the next few years, basing the story on their teenage experiences.
8. When "American Pie" came to theaters in 1999, the writing duo was worried that the raunchy comedy beat them to the punch, but Rogen ultimately felt the characters in "Superbad" had more honest interactions.
9. Goldberg and Rogen are still writing and producing partners today, and recently co-directed their first feature "This Is the End" (2013).
10. They were even both staff writers for Sacha Baron Cohen's second season of "Da Ali G Show" in 2004, and were subsequently nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
11. In 2008, Rogen and Goldberg wrote an episode of "The Simpsons," which opened the long-running animated show's 21st season. The episode was titled "Homer the Whopper."
12. Rogen's acting debut was in Judd Apatow's cult hit series "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), where he played Ken Miller.
13. It was only the actor's second audition ever!
14. While the show was cancelled after only one season, Apatow recognized Rogen's talent and would go to bat for him in the future.
15. For his college-themed sitcom "Undeclared" (2001), Apatow turned to Rogen for the lead role. Unfortunately, the network didn't think he was leading man material, but Apatow was able to cast the actor in a supporting role.
16. After parts in "Anchorman" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," Rogen finally got his big break in the smash hit "Knocked Up" (2007) opposite Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. All the films were produced by Apatow.
17. Rogen has hosted "Saturday Night Live" three times, in 2007, 2009, and most recently in April 2014.
18. James Franco made a collection of Seth Rogen paintings of the comic in the nude. Really. (NSFW)
19. Franco and Rogen also parodied the memorable Kanye West "Bound 2" music video. The parody was titled "Bound 3" with Rogen assuming the Kim Kardashian role, complete with the topless moments.
20. The pair has appeared together in the box office and commercial hits "Pineapple Express" (2008) and "This Is the End" (2013), and of course, "Freaks and Geeks."
21. Rogen has acknowledged that getting "This Is the End" produced was surprisingly tough because the studios were not keen on letting a host of celebrities make fun of themselves and also die under horrible circumstance.
22. Franco and Rogen are next set to star in "The Interview," which finds their characters landing an exclusive interview with Kim Jong-Un, dictator of North Korea, only to have the CIA ask them to assassinate the dictator.
23. Seth Rogen also hates Justin Bieber. This is why.
[Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb]
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